AT&T Lays Out 3G Plans

On AT&T's earnings call, John Stankey, president and CEO, AT&T Operations, provided a detailed update on ongoing network investment

January 28, 2010

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DALLAS -- On today’s AT&T earnings call, John Stankey, president and CEO, AT&T Operations, provided a detailed update on our ongoing network investment. He highlighted plans for 2010 and outlined progress seen in 2009. Here are the highlights:

2010 Plans

Our total 2010 capital expenditures are expected to be between $18 billion and $19 billion, 5 to 10 percent higher than 2009. This includes an increase of approximately $2 billion in wireless network and backhaul investment, which will help ensure continued strong results in network performance. Highlights include:

  • Aggressive deployment of fiber-optic backhaul – three times our 2009 fiber deployment – to support faster 3G speeds. A software upgrade to HSPA 7.2 was completed earlier this year. We expect the majority of our mobile broadband traffic to be riding on these enhanced backhaul connections by year-end.

    • Expanded deployment of Ethernet-based backhaul.

    • About 2,000 new cell sites.

    • Adding new radio controllers and carriers at a pace that doubles deployment in 2009.

    • Field trials of LTE.

    • Aggressive plans to boost capacity and improve performance in New York City and San Francisco.

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)

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